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[dih-pen-duh-buh l] /dɪˈpɛn də bəl/
capable of being depended on; worthy of trust; reliable:
a dependable employee.
Origin of dependable
First recorded in 1725-35; depend + -able
Related forms
dependability, dependableness, noun
dependably, adverb
interdependability, noun
interdependable, adjective
nondependability, noun
nondependable, adjective
nondependableness, noun
nondependably, adverb
predependable, adjective
undependability, noun
undependable, adjective
undependableness, noun
undependably, adverb
trustworthy, trusty, trusted, steadfast, faithful, responsible. Unabridged
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  • dependably Verbeena was to be suspected of having something other than sawdust under those clubbed curls of hers!

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  • Tree vigorous, dependably productive, hardy, late in coming into bearing.

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  • Not Sarah mixing the baking in the crock, but Sarah dependably mixing the baking in the crock.

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British Dictionary definitions for dependably


able to be depended on; reliable; trustworthy
Derived Forms
dependability, dependableness, noun
dependably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dependably



1735; se depend + -able. Related: Dependability; dependably.

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